Please note: Call of Duty Black OPS Cold War is set to release on November 13th.
COD Black OPS Cold War: A gripping single-player Campaign awaits players, come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more!
The next chapter of the iconic Black Ops Multiplayer experience is here, defined by signature combat, deniable operations, and a connected experience across platforms and generations.
Black Ops Cold War will also support and build on the hit, free-to-play PC game experience Call of Duty: Warzone.
Experience the next generation of global combat in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series. Dedicated RT Cores for ray tracing and Tensor Cores for groundbreaking AI acceleration with NVIDIA DLSS. NVIDIA Reflex for the lowest latency and best responsiveness. GeForce RTX 30 Series.
Nvidia have a new game bonus offer and it’s for those gearing up with the RTX 3080, RTX 3090 or RTX 3070 graphics cards, or gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware.
WATCH DOG: LEGION: Gear up and get ready for some awesome hack-attacking! With an entire population of potential recruits and the city’s technology at your fingertips, you’ll need to hack, infiltrate, and fight your way to a liberated London.
The full game is set launch on October 29th 2020 and the Ubisoft team worked with Nvidia to bring gamer’s the ultimate experience, enhanced with immersive ray-traced reflections and performance-accelerating DLSS!
The Nvidia Watch Dogs: LEGION game bonus offer is valid on purchases from September 17th – October 30th, 2020 or while code supplies last. (codes expire November 30th)
This promotion is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quick links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range of Nvidia RTX at PB Tech)
UPDATE: This promotion has been extended until September 30th!
Nvidia are back again with another good game bonus offer!
Gear up and get ready for some awesome team tactical gaming with the latest register to redeem TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE GOLD EDITION game code for those getting themselves a selected RTX Graphics Card, or Gaming PC featuring this hardware.
You’ll need to get in quick for this one though, the offer is only valid on purchases from July 30th – September 30th 2020. (Original end date August 28th)
This offer is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quick links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range of Nvidia at PB Tech)
Register to Redeem MSi RTX Graphics Cards (Also includes Laptops and Desktop PC!)
Rainbow 6 Seige: Master the art of destruction and gadgetry in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Face intense close-quarters combat, high lethality, tactical decision making, team play and explosive action within every moment. Engage in a brand-new style of assault using an unrivalled level of destruction and gadgetry!
On defence: Coordinate with your team to transform your environments into strongholds. Trap, fortify and create defensive systems to prevent being breached by the enemy.
On attack: Lead your team through narrow corridors, barricaded doorways and reinforced walls. Combine tactical maps, observation drones, rappelling and more to plan, attack and defuse every situation.
The Gold Edition pack allows the player to choose from dozens of highly trained, Special Forces operators from around the world. Deploy the latest technology to track enemy movement. Shatter walls to open new lines of fire. Breach ceilings and floors to create new access points. Employ every weapon and gadget from your deadly arsenal to locate, manipulate and destroy your enemies and the environment around them.
Running high frames and refresh rates on competitive games allow you to see things sooner and hit what you are aiming at. This Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege high FPS and Hz video shows the benefits of using a powerful graphics card like the GeForce RTX 2080Ti with a 240 Hz monitor.
The base game feels like a modern Counterstrike at first, so you can jump in and get into the lethal shooter gameplay side right away, but much like CS as you learn the various levels the game starts to evolve into a very deep, rather slow tactical shooter, packed full of glorious PVP misdirection and bait movements.
More than just point and shoot, there is a real emphasis on using environmental sounds to locate the enemies in this one too, adding to the tension and everyone slowly creeps about the place, peeping through holes in walls and popping off rounds to cover the sounds created elsewhere.
You can play the game in a single-player mode they call ‘situations’ and this is great for trying out new things without having to wait for the match to end to try things again. Multiplayer is also doable in solo queue but the game really comes into its own when you team up with mates and get on the microphones.
You don’t actually need to have the highest-end graphics card to enjoy this game too, 60+ FPS is achievable on entry-level GTX configs (remember this game bonus offer is ONLY for RTX graphics cards though), simply don a riot shield, work with your team, and have fun emptying the clip 🙂
IMPORTANT NOTE: This Bonus offer starts on August 1st!
For a limited time and while game codes last, gear up with selected ASUS AMD Graphics Cards or Motherboards and you can register to redeem a sweet DOOM Eternal Game BONUS!
Gear up and get in quick, this offer is only valid on purchases from August 1st – August 31th 2020.
This offer is only available from selected ASUS Radeon Graphics Cards or AMD Ryzen B450/B550 chipset Motherboards, see quick links below for models included in this promotion that are available in NZ. (See the full range of Asus at PB Tech)
Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware you can register to redeem via the ASUS Doom Eternal Redemption Site to register your new hardware and claim that game code!
DOOM ETERNAL: Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear… is you.
If you’ve played Doom before, you’re in for more of the same action-packed ultra violence 🙂 Be prepared for awesome new environments too, this one feels like a it’s channelling HELL ON EARTH at times, and it’s a worthy spiritual sequel/remake for sure!.
With the brand new Asus 400 series of motherboards now happily making their way towards New Zealand, just in time for the Intel 10th Gen release date (which is set as May 21st in this part of the world), it’s the perfect time to start designing some custom gaming rigs for these awesome new options!
While the new Asus Z490 range includes many options, the two favourites are the glorious PRIME Z490-AandROG STRIX Z490-F, which is perfect for us because they both look so different, with contrasting black VS white colour themes.
Both also have the internal header required for use with Type-C front IO found on the latest chassis – so we can build pretty much anything we want 🙂
Firing up the GGPC custom PC design tool and loading in the new options gives us some really cool looking configs, using the NZXT H510 series of cases chosen for that oh so good Type-C front IO, and they’re also available in black and white to match our motherboards, along with Elite options for those that want more glass, and even CRFT special edition for that unique WoW factor.
Combining these with all the Asus graphics cards options from AMD and Nvidia, along with the latest SSD & RAM options from Crucial, Samsung, G.Skill & Kingston, and more vibrant custom cooling from Cooler Master & NZXT for adding even more colour to the mix we’ve been able to create some wonderful looking builds.
Clicking the custom PC images shown above will take you to our building tool, we’ve kept our options fairly monochrome to start things off so the colour themes really come through nicely.
Have a play around with the parts and see which configuration you like the most, we’ll be doing the same while photographing and adding new components to the builder along the way!
For those new to custom PC gaming builds there’s a lot more to Asus than just really really good looking… I mean… some of it’s is just so utterly gorgeous that I… lost my chain of thought… Asus are real good engineers too!
For many people out there it has been a while since they’ve done a new build for themselves, considering just how good things like the i7-7700 were a few years back you can completely understand why too! It has been able to keep up with all but the newest graphics cards which is nice, but with the new Intel 10th Gen i7-10700 showing such significant gains in comparison, along with the motherboard enhancements radically increasing the speed of our storage though all-new options, and connectivity like WiFi 6, for many it’s going to be enough motivation to pick up that screwdriver 😛
Which brings us to more reasons why Asus are pretty great for PC builders.
Asus Q-CODE & Q-LED will help to identify problems with a PC even if it can’t boot into windows or box. Four little LEDs light up to indicate power status, and any problem with the CPU, graphics card, RAM or boot drive for a quick diagnosis. Going one step further the Q diagnostic codes provide a reference point for fast and easy codes that describe common installation and component problems, and also when it’s (A)ll(O)k!
ROG Bios Flashback is the simplest (and safest) BIOS update method and it’s soo good that updates can even be done with no CPU or RAM installed – crazy right?! Simply download and pop that BIOS file onto a USB stick, plug it into the special USB BIOS Flashback port and press the button to begin the automatic process. You’ll still need to have the motherboard connected to your power supply of course, but no RAM and no CPU is a massive win, it allows us to make sure a build is running the latest software even before its fully assembled, minimising the issues that arrive a little later on when even newer hardware gets released.
Asus SafeSlot is something you’ll likely not to even notice is there, but back in the day (2008) it was really difficult to ship a pre-built gaming PC with the graphics card fitted because in transit if it took a solid knock the weight of the massive GPU could literally rip the PCIe socket apart with the graphics card still in it! Asus solved this by making sure every part was tightly secured in thermoplastic, an insert moulded SafeSlot prevents part loosening, misalignment, improper terminations, and other structural issues. The thermoplastic resin also provides improved resistance to shock and vibration.
Those are all sweet features, but the likelihood of something going wrong with an Asus motherboard is slim at best, so let’s turn our gaze to the totally unnecessary features that make us smile, things like RGB and top-quality audio goodness.
AURA is what Asus have named their RGB software suite, but it’s important to note that it’s not only for Asus gear – more than 50 other brands such as Cooler Master, Hyper X, Crucial, G.Skill, Phanteks, AMD, EKWB, Lian Li and more have products that work with the Asus AURA software suite, so you can control and sync your RGB LED light show with just the one software setup. It’s awesome and goes beyond the usual PC parts to offer controls for everything from gaming monitors to mice. Just look out for the AURA badge when you’re choosing your various components and gaming gears and you’ll be all set.
The component we generally try our hardest to match with the motherboard is the graphics card, and Asus graphics cards which also feature Aura are the best ones too, you can even connect more RGB stuff directly to some models now, as if the 2xRGB and 2x ARGB headers weren’t already enough!
Sonic Studio does a bunch of neat things if you’re into sharing your awesome gameplay by live-streaming it with X-Split or OBS, and if you look at this Z490-F specifically it’s packing as Asus exclusive S1220A chip for SupremeFX technology that provides a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature, so if you’re using a gaming headset, the front-panel output is driven by two op-amps to preserve audio quality.
Having all this sweet audio tech allows for other things too, but opinions are mixed on features like Sonic Rader III which will allow you to graphically see where sounds (like footsteps) are coming from in-game, and that latest version does a good job of indicating how far that sound is too, so if you’re waiting in a room you can shoot the bad guy through the door BEFORE he opens it – yep, that sounds like cheating to me BUT then you realise the other benefits that it brings, allowing you to game without the sound turned on, in the living room for example with others being loud, or maybe just so you can enjoy a good audiobook while you play. With sonic radar on because you’ll still have those audio ques, even if you can’t hear what’s going on.
Combine all this with world record-smashing overclocks and an ecosystem of products that cover everything on our desks it’s easy to see why Asus is a global leader in technology – and with the Z490-A + Z490-F it’s just about to get a whole lot better!
Much like the existing Ti identifier, these new ‘S’ models (EG: ROG-STRIX-RTX2060S-O8G-GAMING) indicate the increased performance of the much loved RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 options – with the new models named RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER. Right now, Nvidia is busy showing off the founders’ edition cards but there are some wonderful new aftermarket versions for these ones too!
Kicking off with the RTX 2060 SUPER models we get a 2GB memory upgrade bringing the total to 8GB onboard. This is nice for those playing games such as Apex Legends, which displays a memory warning when running the game on max settings with the 6GB card.
The new RTX 2070S is running 8GB VRAM also, but the GPU architecture this time is taken from the RTX 2080 (Turing 104, classic RTX 2070 is using Turing 106) so it’s looking a lot like a cut-down RTX 2080 🙂 This, of course, makes the RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card power requirements change heavier due that increased performance, with the RTX 2070S now using the 8pin + 6pin power connection rather than a single 8-pin seen on the classic RTX 2070.
Those fine folks at ASUS have just announced an awesome new promotion with a top tier ASUS ROG MATRIX 2080 Ti Graphics Card as the main prize!
The first 50 entries also instantly win a Limited Edition ROG gift too, it’s a random treat but among the prizes is a great looking figurine (fingers crossed).
To be in to win you must purchase selected ASUS products, then take a photo of your purchase in a creative way, finally fill in the entry form on the Asus WIN a Matrix 2080 Ti Competition Registration Page. Asus also want you to share your brilliant image via Facebook or Instagram, so be sure to tag in @AUSROG (facebook) or #ASUSAU (instagram) so the team can check it out!
This promotion is valid on purchases from June 3rd – 30th 2019, and only on the following Asus products available now in New Zealand. All entries must be in before the 14th July.
The new GTX 1650 Graphics Card is available now in New Zealand, giving us a another great low cost option for gaming PC builds!
Designed to be the cheapest option in the new GTX 16XX series, these new GTX 1650 position themselves just above the GTX 1050Ti performance wise, and just behind the GTX 1060 – for a similar price. In games it’s looking very good indeed, the GTX1650 is a nice upgrade from the popular GTX 1050, or a very nice upgrade from the GTX 950 🙂 The best bit is we get to enjoy the updated cooler designs from the masters at Gigabyte, Asus and EVGA, so with these new cards in our systems they’ll look and run better than ever.
Looking specifically at the current PC chart-toppers, Apex Legends, Fortnite and PUBG, a little tweaking to the settings gives us excellent performance even in some pretty intense fire fights.
The smaller size and affordable price point make these new GTX 1650 a top choice for a lounge computer, perfect for playing games with your mates – the new Mortal Kombat is looking particularly good!
Looking closer at the fastest models from the new arrivals, namely the EVGA SC Black Edition and Gaming Edition, both these GTX 1650 models have an extremely fat custom cooler, not long, just heavy on the slots it takes up. As this cooler really is big, be aware if you’re planning a PC with it first check your motherboard spacing (the graphics card might block a slot you had intended for WiFi). Both require an additional 6Pin power input so plan for 75watts and also important to note is there are just 3 monitor outputs on these new GPU, 1x HDMI (4K 60FPS ready) and 2x DisplayPorts.
We can’t wait to build with all the new options as they arrive in NZ, the new Gigabyte version looks especially awesome with the black/grey coolers and slimmer slot form factor to allow for more traditional Gaming PC builds, and we’re excited to see which versions have no additional 6Pin required for some mini Gaming PC builds, whatever the case it looks like fun times ahead!
From November 29th – June 18th 2019, get yourself a GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti, GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 desktop Graphics Card or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from the selected range and you can register to redeem a bunch of bonus gear from the Fortnite Counterattack Set + 2000 VBUCKS!
The Fortnite Counterattack Set which includes the following:
– “Reflex” Outfit
– “Pivot” Glider
– “Angular Axe” Pickaxe
– “Response Unit” Back Bling
This promotion is valid from 29/11/18 – 22/05/2019 or while code stock last.
Quick links below
Register your Gigabyte/AORUS GTX Graphics Card HERE
Nvidia kick off a fantastic March with another free game bonus offer, they named this one the RTX Triple Threat and this time it’s the choice between Metro: Exodus, Anthem or Battlefield 5 for those getting a new RTX Graphics Card, valid on purchases from March 5th – April 4th 2019.
Metro Exodus: Metro Exodus is a story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most graphically stunning game worlds ever created. Featuring an arsenal of unique, customisable, hand-crafted weaponry built on the principle of mechanical realism, you’ll journey across Russia with your travelling companions, recruit new allies along the way to help your cause, and encounter sinister foes in the wastelands.
Anthem: Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.
Battlefield 5: The Battlefield series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Take on all-out multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single-player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.